Nicolas Cage skips SXSW due to illness
Nicolas Cage skipped the SXSW premiere of his movie 'The Trust' after suffering dizziness and high blood pressure.
The 52-year-old star was heading to Austin, Texas for the annual film and music festival but suddenly fell ill and was forced to cancel his appearance at the screening.
A spokesman for SXSW said: "This was definitely unforeseen. He had dizziness before boarding and they checked his blood pressure, which was high."
The 'Face/Off' actor was checked over by airport medical staff at Las Vegas, where he was due to take off in time to attend the premiere on Sunday (13.03.16) at the Arts & Cinema Centre, but it was decided he shouldn't get on the flight, though he is now on the road to recovery.
A representative for the star added: "We all felt it was better for him not to get on the plane since flying could make things worse. Thankfully he is now much better."
The event was instead attended by co-star Elijah Wood and pop star Sky Ferreira, who has a supporting role in the movie, which is about corrupt cops who plan to rob a vault full of drug money.
Meanwhile, Nicolas has just signed up to star in crime thriller 'Vengeance: A Love Story' in the role of a vigilante cop, and is set to start shooting later this year.